Boston (PRWEB) August 20, 2014
Nineteenth century was a significant age of cultural shaping and development for the American west. From the American Civil War to the Battle of the Little Bighorn, history presents a fascinating array of crucial turning points that brewed the great nation as it is today. Unfortunately, most of history is not fully appreciated as they have been reduced to mere facts and descriptions that the young generation are taught to learn in rote. In this light, author Elsie S. Wilmerding discloses a unique approach to instill both cognitive and affective understanding to young readers through “THIS LAND IS MINE!,” (published by Xlibris) a creative exposition of two opposing forces in the West and the significant events that revealed prior to the confederation of the states.
Set in the turbulent 1870s during the active discovery and exploitation of the Wild West, “THIS LAND IS MINE!” unveils the dual autobiography of Crazy Horse, a Native American member of the Lakota tribe and George Armstrong Custer of the United States Seventh Cavalry. Though similar in age, these two characters represent opposing cultures and desires during their time. Their leadership and passion to pursue their goals bring them together to the historic battle of Little Bighorn. The book merges interesting reproductions of paintings and original photographs to help readers assimilate the story for easy understanding. The narrative also projects how these native grounds were acquired to be known today as the western states and the role of the government in its eventual acquisitions.
“It is a story that relates many areas of the world today,” Wilmerding says. “The media makes this point quite clear. There are places throughout the globe that have cultural difficulties as well as leadership problems that could be compared to some themes in the book.”
Using writing to portray the deep aspects of history that are not easily assimilated by square memorization, the author hopes to encourage readers to appreciate the amazing stories of their roots. She believes that the remarkable contrast of Custer and Crazy Horse and the cultures they represent can be an effective tool for augmenting the teaching of diversity as well as the westward expansion of the 19th century.
“THIS LAND IS MINE!”
By Elsie S. Wilmerding
Hardcover | 8.5x11in | 134 pages | ISBN 9781499023398
Softcover | 8.5x11in | 134 pages | ISBN 9781499023404
E-Book | 134 pages | ISBN 9781499023411
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble
About the Author
Elsie S. Wilmerding has been an educator of gifted and dyslexic children in and around the Boston area since 1985. A personal love of the American West and of 19th century American painting inspired her to write about the lives of the two central characters whose lives intersected in historic battle. Wilmerding’s treatment of these historical figures provides an appealing and innovative way to interest children, ages 11 and above, in history and cultural differences.
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